How to Sew and Topstitch an Elastic Waistband
I’ve been meaning to write a tutorial on how to sew and topstitch an elastic waistband, so today I’ll show you how to do it on the Arden Pants. This guide can be used for any basic elastic waist garment, such as shorts, skirts, pants, boxers, and so on!
Cut your elastic to length, leaving 1u2033 (2.5 cm) for overlap. Insert the elastic into the waistband and begin to ‘feed’ it through. This ‘feeding’ motion can be tricky at first. Sew the gap closed with the needle all the way to the left. Sew as close to the elastic as you can without sewing on top of it!
Can you sew elastic with a straight stitch?
You can use a straight or zigzag stitch to stitch elastic straight onto your piece of fabric; when making a waistband, join the elastic together first to the correct length.
What Stitch do you use to sew elastic?
Sew with a stretch stitch or a zigzag stitch to allow the elastic to stretch.
- Pin the elastic to the wrong side of the garment, matching the three pins on the elastic and on the fabric.
- Switch the elastic to the fabric, stretching the elastic between the pins.
How do you sew elastic into a waistband?
To make a self-waistband, simply fold the fabric under the width of the elastic seam allowance, top stitch to secure, and leave an opening to thread the elastic through. Top stitch to close once the elastic is joined.
How do you sew an elastic waistband by hand?
Using Wide Elastic, Make an Elastic Waistband
- Cut the elastic to your waist measurement plus 1 inch (2.5cm).
- Pin the ends together and stitch the elastic overlap.
- Really wide fabric skirts may need to be gathered slightly first.
Why won’t my sewing machine sew elastic?
You could be stretching the elastic correctly as you sew, but you could be using the wrong kind of elastic (all elastics are not created equal), or you could be using too short a stitch, stretching the elastic too much, or not having the right kind of elastic for the fabric you’re using, and so on.
How do you sew round elastic?
Basically, lay the elastic ends next to each other, then take one end and tie an overhand knot around the other end, then repeat with the other loose end. (It’s difficult to describe how to tie knots.)
What is the difference between braided and knitted elastic?
Knit elastic is a soft, lightweight elastic that can be used directly against the skin and does not narrow when stretched. It works best with light- to medium-weight fabrics and can be stitched directly to fabrics.
What tension should I use for stretch fabric?
To stitch your stretchy fabric, use the appropriate tension setting; for materials like elastane, lycra, and many others, a higher tension level of 2-3 should suffice.
How much elastic do you need for a waistband?
A waistband’s elastic should be about 2 inches smaller than your waist measurement.
What can I use in place of elastic?
You could use hair ties or elastic headbands instead of regular elastic, according to Joann Fabric and Craft Stores, or you could use cord, yarn, ribbon, or other stretchy materials, such as bias tape. The CDC also suggests using cloth strips, rubber bands, or string.
Can you cut elastic down the middle?
As a result, many people are asking if they can cut elastic lengthwise u2013 for example, u201cCan I cut 1/2u2032u2032 elastic in half to make 1/4u2032u2032 elastic?u201d I do not recommend cutting elastic lengthwise because it almost always causes it to fray and/or lose its integrity.
How do you sew a waistband?
What is the best way to sew a waistband?
- With right sides together, fold the length of fabric in half lengthwise.
- Turn your waistband to the right side and press fold and seams.
- Cut a length of fabric that equals your waistline measurement 3cm seam allowance (1.5cm at each end), making sure to cut the fabric on the straight to avoid the fibres stretching.